Eddie Mort

What is your name and your current occupation?

Eddie Mort.  Occupation?  Well I animate, storyboard, design and composite. Sometimes for shows you may actually see.  I work with Lili Chin under the name Fwak! Animation.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I only had two jobs before I got into animation.  Filing Clerk at the Department Of Veterans Affairs, and pumping gas.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Mucha Lucha! for Warner Bros Animation because we were able to bring an awareness of Lucha Libre to US broadcast television.  I am also proud of the feature film Lili Chin and I did together – Los Campeones de la Lucha Libre.  Though we only had the budget equivalent of just over two TV episodes, we managed to produce a theatrical feature.
How did you become interested in animation?
Animation was always something that really super talented people did and I never considered It was for the likes of me.  It was through watching Ralph Bakshi’s films I realized it didn’t all have to be slick and polished.  His films – and the original Ren & Stimpys – showed me Continue…

Kirk Tingblad

What is your name?
Kirk Tingblad

What would you say has been your primary job in animation?
Directing/ Timing Direction/Storyboard Artist for Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, Disney, and many others.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I ran the shipping department for my father’s publishing company.  I cleaned up the Dunkin Donuts.  I checked in medical periodicals in the University health/science library.  I was a courtroom artist.  I was a radio dj.  I was an editorial cartoonist. 
 
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I won an EMMY for directing on “Pinky and the Brain”,  I was nominated for an EMMY for directing on “Animaniacs”.  I wrote and boarded about a dozen gags that made it into “Space Jam”.  I probably had the most fun directing “Johnny Bravo”.
 
How did you become interested in animation?
When i was ten, I saw “Porky in Wackyland”.  That gave me the animation bug.

 Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born in Sheboygan WI, and grew up through high school in New Richmond WI.  After high school I went to The Kubert School in New Jersey for a year and I studied under former Disney animator Milt Neil.  After that I went to the University of Minnesota in Duluth were as a senior in the graphic design major you had to do an internship at an ad agency.  One day a sales rep for Bajus-Jones Film Corp. came by and dropped off their demo reel.  I cold-called them an talked my way into an interview.  Owner Mike Jones liked by portfolio and had me do an inbetweening test, while he watched over my shoulder!  He liked that I could inbetween on paper with a fountain pen without doing pencil roughs and he hired me to be former Terrytoons animator Al Chiarito ‘s assitant.  Al was a great teacher.

 What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Right now I am the Supervising Timing Director for “The Looney Tunes Show”  and “Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated”.   My work is divided between doing timing at home on a table made from an Indian palace door (kinda cool)  and working at Warner Bros. at the Burbank ranch going over the other timers’ work and  taking care of retakes.  The thrill is always when the show is done and on the air and it doesn’t suck too much.
 
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
Working on funny stuff.  As a teenager in Wisconsin my best friend and I would talk endlessly about getting the chance to work on movies and tv, all the while in the back of my head I never thought it would ever actually happen.  Whenever i get frustrated I try to remind myself that a lot of people would love to be doing what I do, so just get back to it.  I have also been lucky enough to work with a lot of really talented people

 
What part of your job do you like least? Why?
The hours can get kinda gruesome.  While its not “the Deadliest Catch”, you can get some painful papercuts.  Show business is not a stable business, just realize that when you sign up for this trip and the times you get fired or laid off  without any notice or good reason will suck just as much as it would in any other job.
 
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Gettin’ woken up by phone calls at 3am to rush into the hospital to do emergency arterial bipass surgery.  Oh, wait that’s not it.  I once told producer Jed Spingarn that there were thousands of tiny animals constantly cleaning his eyeballs, that was hard to watch.  My hand tends to get sore after 16 hours of work.  Insert your own double on entendre here.  Firing people and getting fired or laid off is never fun.

 
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
Cintiq  and laptop.  I have a very powerful pencil sharpener.  Don’t mess with the sharpener, okay.  I use a manual can opener to gain access to food.

 
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
I’ve met Bob Clampet and his amazing hair at the Minneapolis Comic-con in the late 70’s.  I’ve met Virgil Ross, Chuck Jones,
Ollie Johnson, Frank Thomas, Bill Hanna, Joe Barbara, and several other greats of animation.  John K once asked me why i would work for the big studios?  “Mostly for the money, mostly”, was all I could come up with.

 
Describe a tough situation you had in life.
I had to sue my kid’s school district a couple of times.  That was annoying.  Someone slashed the tire of my Jeep Wrangler in the Galleria Parking garage when I was directing “Pinky and the Brain”.  It took an hour and fifteen minutes for AAA to show up.  Oh yeah, I got shot at outside of Film Roman in 1994.  They missed, but left a hole in the window behind me.  I was told the woman who worked in that office refused to enter it again.

 
Any side projects you’re working on you’d like to share details of?
I’ve written a screenplay which every producer who reads it says it makes them laugh out loud  followed by a list of reasons why they aren’t going to buy it.

 
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Work hard.  Learn why things are funny, and i don’t mean funny just to you, but funny to everybody.  Don’t just study animation, study as many things as you can.  A good understanding of music can go a long way.  Make your own animation, its fairly easy to do on your own now.  You learn more my doing than anything else.

Majella Milne

What is your name?
Majella Milne

What would you say has been your primary job in animation?
Animation Direction

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Back home in Ireland I worked in a factory doing injection molding for cell phones with some of the funniest and loveliest women I have ever known. Those were great days. A daughter of a publican in Ireland, naturally I have many bar stories to tell but the most enlightening days were as barmaid in Hayden’s Hotel during the Ballinasloe Horse Fair , the oldest fair in Ireland, where people come to trade horses from all over the world and from every nook and cranny of Ireland. This was my first glimpse  of how complex and varied us folk are, and how feckin’ strange you all are.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Chowder”,  Cartoon Network is one of the best studios to work for here in LA, plus, the crew were funny, friendly and good looking, ha ha!

How did you become interested in animation?
Disney’s  “Cinderella”… I think was the first movie that I went to, and was hooked on animation from there on.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I am from the village of Crinkle, outside the town of Birr, in County Offaly, dead center of Ireland.  I applied for an administration job in Continue…

Candi Milo


What is your name and your current occupation?
MY NAME IS CANDI MILO – FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES – AND MIKE MILO STOLE MY IDENTITY – JUST SAYIN’… I AM A VOICE ACTOR.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I DIPPED HOTDOGS IN BATTER WHILE WEARING A PINAFORE SMOCK AND PAPER HAT AT A CORN DOG AND LEMONADE STAND AT THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY FAIR IN 1975, I SANG 6 SHOWS A DAY, SIX DAYS A WEEK FOR $4.85 AN HOUR AT MARRIOTT’S GREAT AMERICA IN 1977, AND I WAS IN CHARGE OF LOCKING AND UNLOCKING “THE LEATHERS” AT A CLOTHING STORE IN 1978… AFTER THAT I DECIDED THAT SHOWBIZ WAS THE ONLY Continue…

Shaun Cashman

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What is your name and your current occupation?

Shaun Cashman and currently I’m the Supervising Director on a new Disney series being produced at Titmouse, Inc. called “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja”!

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? Before animation I was a working artist back East in Connecticut, working at a newspaper in the advertising and marketing department designing ads, campaigns and marketing materials and doing some freelance illustrations as well. But right out of art school I was a construction laborer for a few years, short-order cook, worked in a retail and also ran lights and the sound board for a couple of local, hometown bands on the weekends. I did have a brush with the world of film production when I was an Associate Producer, sound man, 2nd unit photographer, set builder and driver for a small live-action company.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Right off the bat, my first gig in the business was on “The Simpson’s” and I was lucky enough at that time to have been at Film Roman when Phil Roman still ran the place and it was a place where you had opportunity to learn, advance and grow, especially on that show. I came on 5th Season in 1993 with NO actual animation production experience and eventually worked my way up through the ranks of being able to direct my first episode and from that point I was offered to direct fulltime on “King Of The Hill”, also being produced at Film Roman. So my time on “The Simpson’s” will always hold a special place in Continue…

Debbie Bonzon


What is your name and your current occupation?

My name is Debbie Bonzon and I am currently working as a free-lance timer, storyboard artist, illustrator.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I’ve worked as a bread deliverer to stores and restaurants, landscaper, farmer, drywaller, caterer, bicycle and running gear salesperson, advertising sales, and as an illustrator for demonstrative evidence in the courtroom.What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Most recently I am very proud to have worked as a timer on the “Curious George”  tv series, 2nd movie and Christmas Special.  Also, the Rugrat feature movies were a blast.  At Warner Bros.  I really enjoyed storyboarding on “Pinky and the Brain” and timing on “Freakazoid”.    At Nickelodeon, I really liked timing on “Cat Scratch” and directing on “Oswald”.   Also, storyboarding on the “Tick” was a kick!  As an animator, many years ago, I really enjoyed working on the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series in Dublin. 

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How did you become interested in animation?
In high school, I wanted to work at Disney.  I loved animation, mostly the Warner Bros. shorts!
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born in Albuquerque NM and grew up in Los Alamos, NM (the atomic city).   After attending a few different universities trying to find a major that could land me a “real job” and I realized, like it or not, that I was an art enthusiast, I completed my BFA at the University of NM.  I had looked at the brochures from Cal-Arts, but, was intimidated by the photographs of other students, who were way cooler than I ever was or wanted to be, I began to look for something here in Albuquerque after I graduated.  There was a small studio that produced commercials for clients around the world and after 2 weeks of graduating, I put on my best outfit and “stopped by” to see if they needed any help.    When I entered the front office, I noticed they didn’t have a receptionist and thought I could do that.  As I waited for someone to come to the front, the owner of the company passed by, stopped, and asked if he could help me.  I told him I had just graduated and would love to work for them doing whatever they needed.    He said I could work in the paint dept. (cell painting!)  They paid minimum wage, at that time $3.35/hour!  I didn’t care, I actually felt I Continue…